The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, boasting a membership of approximately 120,000 in 56 state, territorial, and international chapters. 

NASW's Minnesota Chapter (NASW-MN) currently maintains a membership base of nearly 2,000 professionally-trained social workers and students. Every year, we host a number of training and advocacy events around the state, including the Annual Conference, Social Work Summit, and Social Work Day at the Capitol. Our staff, interns, and volunteers work with community partners to promote practices and policies that align with social work ethics and values, and promote social justice.


A strong, unified social work community leading Minnesota to a just and equitable society.


The mission of the Minnesota Chapter of NASW is to support, inspire, and equip a diverse and inclusive membership of social workers across Minnesota.



Decision-making for our Chapter is driven by our members through our volunteer Board, Committees and Workgroups. We seek to make the best use of our resources by focusing our services on the needs of our members. To inform our work, we will continuously seek feedback from our members through multiple means.


We value the intersectionality of defining personal traits such as age, class, gender, race, marital status, ethnic origin, religion, education and many other secondary qualities. We will adapt and change with the changing needs of our members.


We seek to be an environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.


We believe in the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement of all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. We seek continuous understanding of the root causes of disparities within our society.

History of NASW

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was established in 1955 through the consolidation of seven organizations. Over time, it has contributed significantly to the advancement of the social work profession through organizing social workers around activities such as advocacy at all levels of government and the continued development of the NASW Code of Ethics - the foundational document all licensed social workers, regardless of NASW membership, must follow. NASW's primary functions include promoting the professional development of its members, establishing and maintaining professional standards of practice, advancing sound social policies, and providing services that protect its members and enhance their professional status. The Association developed and adopted the NASW Code of Ethics, as well as other generalized and specialized practice standards; develops certification and quality assurance programs; and supports candidates for public office through Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE).  The Association also sponsors, through its 56 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, professional conferences and continuing education programs; and produces journals - such as the flagship Social Work - books, and major reference works for the profession.